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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Let me start by wishing you all a happy new year. I hope you have not already done something that you regret!! Looking back at 2017 I can see a great year. With lots more ups than downs (I hope you can all do the same). The blog has gone from strength to strength with more followers, and lots more views from more countries, lots of which I had to look up on the map! For all of which I am so grateful. If you had a bad year I hope this one will be better for you. We can all look forward to this new year with hope. At least we know there will be a lot of crochet to do and you can all look forward to that. Did you get a lot of crocheting done over christmas? Or did you just party all the time? The wife got two projects finished over Christmas (one of which was started and finished over christmas which is a bit of a record). The first was a jumper for herself and a parasol for the daughter which was beautiful.

Drops Lacey Jumper

Drops Lacey Days Jumper pattern 162 – 27. Yarn used Drops Cotton Light – Light Jeans Blue (34)

How do you plan your year? Do you plan at all (just take it as it comes)? Do you plan your crocheting first then everything after that? Do you set goals (which I am going to try this year)? Hopefully this means I will get more done!!! Also which should leave me more time for other things. This year on the blog you will have lots to look forward to. There will be changes along with things we have done before. We hope to start vlogs on how to crochet, from beginners up to the hard crocheting stitches. Which will be a help to all I hope. There will also be the return of favorites!! So lots to look forward to.

Parasol

Pattern Amazing by Patricia Kristoffersen. Yarn used Stylecraft Special Aran in White 1001

This just leaves me time to say a BIG thank you for all your support in 2017. For all your comments and likes they are much accepted and I hope you will keep coming back here for more. Once again I wish you a happy and healthy new year. Till next time keep on crocheting.

The Museum of Crochet

Thinking as you do about crocheting (as you are never to far from another projet), the question came to me is there a museum of crocheting?  Apparently there is in the USA near San Francisco. It is a small trailer not big enough to swing a cat in (not that I would). It is run by Shari Elf who does not crochet but wants to learn how to. It is mainly full of crocheted cats and dogs.

Crochet Museum

Is there anything you have crocheted that you would exhibit? It could be that you have lots of finished projects that would be good enough to show, others of you have things that could be exhibited but you do not think they are that good (they probably are you know).

If  I was to set a museum of crochet up it would have to be a big place with lots of rooms and plenty of space. (It could maybe be virtual that way you would need only a little room.) You would have to have a room for the history of crocheting. It is said to have started in the early 19th century. The first known printed pattern was in 1924 in a magazine in Amsterdam , before that they printed plates for people to follow. Crocheting was formerly known as shepherd’s knitting. It was just passed down from family member to family member or from friend to friend (I bet you all still do that today). We could talk about the fact that Queen Victoria sparked off a trend of crocheting as it was said at the time  “if it is good enough for the Queen then it is good enough for me!!”

queen victoria crocheting

I do not think we would get away with that today. Moving on…

The next room could show all the types of crochet hooks from the very start of crocheting to the present day, so that would be from bone to wood to plastic up to carbon fibre. If you only had one type of each hook it would be a small room.

crochet hooks

Next would be a room dedicated to the secret stash. This room would be split into sections one dedicated to the secret purchases and smuggling in of said yarn contraband. Yes we would have an example of the shopping trolley or bag with the standard false bottom. Also examples of the false receipt showing a small purchase along with the real ones that show the real cost of the yarn!!  The next section would be all the ingenious ways over the years the secret stash has been hidden.

Secret-stash

Then one of the – if not the biggest room – the room of the never finished projects. This would be the room that would be visited the least as it would bring back so many bad memories to most.

We move on to the last two rooms of the museum, first the sensory room. were you can feel all the yarn as much as you want, touching the yarn with your fingers then rubbing it up and down your cheek just to get the full effect of the softness of it (there will be no shop owners here to tell you to stop rubbing the yarn up and down your face).

fluufy yarn

Last but not least the room with all the finished projects and lots of time and space to admire and comment on all the wonderful finished work. I know to some of you this would be just like walking through your own home but just on a grander scale.

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Can you think of other rooms that should be in the Museum of Crocheting?

Till next time keep them hooks moving.